August 12, 2022
5 Chinese missiles may have landed in Japan area close to Taiwan, the first

5 Chinese missiles may have landed in Japan area close to Taiwan, the first

China is conducting its largest ever military exercise around Taiwan.

Tokyo:

Ballistic missiles fired by China are believed to have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone for the first time, Tokyo’s defense minister said on Thursday.

“Of the nine ballistic missiles launched by China, five are believed to have landed within Japan’s EEZ,” Nobuo Kishi told reporters.

Japan “registered protests with China through diplomatic channels”, Kishi said, calling the matter “a serious problem that affects our national security and the safety of our citizens”.

China is conducting its biggest military exercise around Taiwan, which it considers its territory, and has vowed to one day seize it by force if necessary.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island triggered a display of military might, despite strong warnings from Beijing.

Parts of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island region, are close to Taiwan. Kishi said this is the first time Chinese ballistic missiles have landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The EEZ extends over 200 nautical miles off the coast of Japan, beyond the limits of its territorial waters.

Kishi said the missiles fired from nine missiles were assessed by the Japanese side, adding that all five had landed southwest of Okinawa’s Hateruma Island.

The Chinese military said the exercise began on Thursday, and involved a “conventional missile fire attack” in waters east of Taiwan.

Japan on Wednesday expressed concern to China over the exercise, saying it plans to conduct it in maritime areas that overlap with its EEZ.

Kishi said all nine missiles are believed to have landed in areas designated by China for military exercises.

The minister declined to comment on China’s intentions regarding the exercises, but still called them “extremely dangerous”.

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